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    D. Binata dormancy.

    Hey all, I have been reading about d. Binata. I like them, but I've seen photos of specimens the size of a small bush and I do not have room for a sundew the size of a small bush in my house during winter. Is it possible that during winter I could trim the sundew down to its hibernaculum and store it in my fridge until spring? Thanks.

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    Not all D. binata complex plants readily go dormant, so you would want one that does (typically D. dichotoma, Tasmanian or New Zealand binata forms etc.). And, they don't always like to go dormant; most of my plants typically try to insist on growing year round. They can be "controlled" by being subject to very cool temperatures after they've gone dormant, but may try to wake up and produce lanky leaves anyway.
    Better option would be to get a smaller binata form, like the T-form binatas, which won't get big enough to worry about and can be propagated as you wish to reach a wanted clump size.
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    My D. dichotoma went dormant when the weather cooled down enough last fall. It died all the way back to the ground without a hibernaculum as I understand is common with this complex. My 'Marston Dragon' on the other hand stubbornly kept trying to grow and slowly faded in the garage over the winter, but started growing normally again at the same time as the dichotoma a couple weeks ago. Definitely stick with the more temperate-leaning varieties as hcarlton indicated.

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    Thanks, I'll go with one of the smaller forms and grow it year round. Also, this is completely off topic, but can you see my signature? I just added it and I can't see it on any of my posts. It shows up in my profile though. Thanks.

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    There is also binata "Dwarf Red" which I believe can be grown inside or out year round. They don't get as tall as the other varieties. I don't think these require a dormancy, but will die back to the soil if exposed to frost or freezing temps outside in winter and come back from the roots in spring. I had some growing in the old bog and they came back year after year in the PNW, but I have not tried growing them inside. They will germinate from seed with or without cold stratification.

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    Quote Originally Posted by curtisconners View Post
    Thanks, I'll go with one of the smaller forms and grow it year round. Also, this is completely off topic, but can you see my signature? I just added it and I can't see it on any of my posts. It shows up in my profile though. Thanks.
    You need to see if the checkbox below the reply boxes is checked for "show my signature"

    Also off topic: the snake in your profile pic, T+ tiger retic?
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    Quote Originally Posted by hcarlton View Post
    You need to see if the checkbox below the reply boxes is checked for "show my signature"

    Also off topic: the snake in your profile pic, T+ tiger retic?
    Thanks, it has started showing up. I'm not totally sure what morph that snake is. I just google imaged reticulated python and picked the one I liked, I suspect it to be a tiger of some type though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by curtisconners View Post
    Thanks, it has started showing up.
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